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. it was scenes like this -- this is your house right here? >> yeah. this is my house. i used to be over there. >> reporter: jux posed against scenes like this that forced the mayor to cancel the marathon. today, we saw them loading in cases of vodka. private party going on in here. and pal lets of water and food. this is a lot of provisions. can't go in this area? but the pictures that truery did not sit well in this city were hundreds of thousands still don't have power, four large diesel generators. how many homes could these things power? >> i don't know. >> reporter: how do you think your neighbors without power would like this thing? >> they'd love it. >> there's children out there who are without blankets, without anything. and then these generators are running. >> reporter: the decision to cancel the marathon came just hours after the mayor publicly defended the idea. >> new york has to show that we are here and that we're going to recover. >> reporter: tonight, on our local station, wabc, the head of the marathon said it was the toughest decision she'd ever made. >> it was time to jus
-dropper. the woman who saved her own life by punching out a 12-foot tiger shark. she tells us about the astonishing moment when her martial arts kicked in. the karate chop that saved her life. >>> and good morning, everyone. hello to robin at home. we are getting back to normal here in times square. but look at these live shots. >> rabbit rabbit. >> rabbit rabbit, robin. let's look at the live shots downtown right now. still so dark in lower manhattan. this is a city divided right now. it's going to take days, maybe longer, for the power to come back. and the scale of destruction is becoming so clear in so many places. look at the aerial shots of breezy point, new york, home to generations of firefighters and police. hit so hard by 9/11. now, hit again. more than 100 homes destroyed. one of so many communities that were absoluty devastated. >> those are creepy pictures. >>> here's what we know in terms of the numbers. 76 dead. an estimated $20 billion in property loss. new york subways are starting to run in limited areas, limited service. but they are running free through friday. that should help
. >> they see the keystone state's votes as aal possible insurance policy against using other swing states. if you look at ohio, florida, virginia, mitt romney has to 3 in those states to win race. >> after campaigning with the various celebrity supporters springsteen, the arrive inwill o tonight awaiting the familyn results with his and campaign staff. mitt romney and paul ryan are a seven-statef swing. update froman romneycare headquarters in .oston at 12:30 -- >> today on the campaign trail campaign will seek two stops it from mitt romney, one from rick mitt romney in fairfax to buy them in sterling. joe biden in from sterling. webb and mark warner will also be in attendance. we have live and pictures of roll and --ama rallyingi n madison, wisconsin. rallies later today in ohio and iowa. >> two former governors battling e senate in virginia are crisscrossing the commonwealth democratng up moderate tim kaine is campaigning inngside the vice president sterling, and republican george in lynchburgmpaign d fairfax. >> in maryland, a lot more on just thethan race.ential several initiatives fr
to two years. sentencing is set for november 13. the u.s. attorney says he did not seek a harsher sentence because brown inc. and resigned from his council job and also had no prior criminal history. on the same day that he was sentenced to will also be sentenced in d.c. superior court for a misdemeanor in terms of handling of campaign funds. >> the man accused of throwing pipe bombs at the homes of two members of the stafford county sheriff's department have been caught in montana. lawrence to work made it to montana after throwing an explosives at three different homes in virginia on tuesday morning. he is said to have been caught while driving with stolen license plates. he reportedly tossed firebombs at the police who were chasing him. he was arrested and no one was hurt. a news conference is taking place tonight and we will update you on abc 7 news at 11 >> 5 days until the election. after a few days off the campaign trail because of sandy. president obama is back in campaign mode. mitt romney was in virginia. >> i was going to surprise you. we're here at the obama field off
house correspondent jake tapper leading us off from iowa. he's there traveling with the president. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. president obama accompanied by his top aides and bruce springsteen hopscotched across battleground states today. the key ones that his campaign feels will deliver him a re-election. they are wisconsin, iowa and ohio where the president's campaign began. slightly ahead in our abc news/washington post national tracking poll, president obama is ending his very last day of campaigning having enlisted the help of celebrity musician friends. >> that's not a bad way to bring it home, with the boss. >> reporter: the day began with springsteen's obama 2012 campaign song. ♪ let's vote for the man who got osama forward away we go ♪ >> reporter: even though that was interrupted by an acknowledgement of liberal and progressive anxiety. . >> the first debate really freaked me out. all right. ♪ but then romney got schooled twice by obama then smiling joe biden brought the drama ♪ >> reporter: the president's pitch, that he is the same idealist he ran as fou
storm in u.s. history. some estimates say it may cost some $50 billion to rebuild. with more than 4.1 million customers still without power across a dozen states, temperatures are expected to dip into the mid to upper 30s over the weekend. this morning, "the wall street journal" reports fema has generators sitting in storage. while families like this mother and daughter, living 17 flights up, are without power. telling our diane sawyer, their water is now running out, too. >> that's all the water we have left. >> it's almost gone. >> the feeling is, for a disaster this large, there should be an all-hands on deck feeling. and every generator, within thousands of miles, should be helping people who are without power and who are in need. and this picture from the new york post this morning, tells another sty. look at the giant generators. these things are huge. and right now, they're sitting, unplugged, not being used, outside of where the new york city marathon will be in central park. and a lot of people are asking the questions that, shouldn't every generator be plugged in and givin
retired, are in the heat of the spotlight and martha raddatz tells us what happened today. martha? >> reporter: diane, the consequences of dave petraeus' infidelity are astonishing. the nation is left without a cia director and the commander of our forces in afghanistan caught up in this bizarre web, as well. it is breathtaking. within days, two four-star generals so widely respected in the midst of scandal. first, david petraeus and now general john allen being investigated for sending what the pentagon said were "potentially inappropriate" messages, putting on hold his likely promotion to become the supreme allied commander in europe. >> of course, it weighs on him as much as it weighs on dave petraeus. i believe that dave is very, very sad for what he admitted he did. >> reporter: at the center of this web, jill kelley, the tampa socialite and honorary military ambassador, living near the centcom headquarters where petraeus and allen were once based. officials say it was early this summer that kelley received anonymous e-mails, accusing her of flaunting her friendly relationshi
, america. good morning to robin roberts at home. great to have elizabeth vargas back with us this morning. the whole team is here. and what a night. president obama secures a second term. >> with a surprisingly sweeping victory. the president said he learned from and listened to those who did not vote for him. there he is on stage last night, savoring the victory with his family. >> and here are the final numbers. the electoral college. 303 votes for president obama, 206 for governor romney. the popular vote for president obama, 59 million votes and governor romney with 56 million votes. the projection of ohio at 11:25 p.m. >> the big state of florida still out there. the numbers could climb for president obama. >>> the other big story of the morning, that nor'easter affecting the east coast right now, with half a foot of snow on the way. sam and ginger zee, tracking the latest. we're going to get to that. >>> right now, let's get to president obama's victory. matthew dowd, with us all last night, and here to breakdown the numbers for president obama. this is the number we were talking ab
finish to his bid for re-election. and jake tapper joins us from chicago. you tell me the last couple days have been emotional ones for the president. >> reporter: they have been emotional. i'm standing in the arena, where likely this evening, president obama will either declare victory or concede defeat. it's been emotional. president obama tearing up after seeing the former aides and advisers, joining him on the trail. one adviser comparing it to the lost episode of a tv series, when all of the characters join for that show. that's not to say they feel this is the end. they feel optimistic. they feel a little bit of wind at their back. the president and first lady arrived in chicago at around 1:00 this morning. spending the night in their hyde park house. their return to the windy city caps a whirlwind push on monday. it culminated in an emotional rally in front of 20,000 iowans, just a few yards away from his former campaign headquarrs in 2007-2008. >> to all of you who lived and breathe the hard work of change, i want to thank you. >> reporter: less than an hour before, the presid
the interruption and momentum caused by the tragic storm that hit us here on east coast. they believe they've had the momentum since the debate's ended and recaptured their candidates mojo, if you will. they see the enthusiasm. 30,000 people at a rally in pennsylvania. i've been to many rallies in pennsylvania with more than one candidate and that's a big crowd by any measure for either party. i know ed gillespie talked with you about the extended map. >> donna brazile, you were there with al gore in 2000. the big difference in 2000 for the democrats is the sophistication of that turnout machine that president obama has built? >> george, they call it a sandwich program. this is found in the so-called swing voters. the persuadable voters. the base voters, the independent voters. this is a campaign that had 5,100 satellite offices all across the battleground states. they're targeting people where they live, where they're eating, where they're shopping, where they play. to get people out to vote. 28% of the so-called new voters they've registered, 1.8 million americans, they've cast their ballots. >
change your decision. log on to wnnfans.com. let us know. >> i will go vote after the show. with stay with abc news on air and online, throughout the day. maybe we can sing when we vote. >> i doubt it. >> diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos will been our times square election headquarters and our entire political team, does not in cloud me or paula will be out in force. as the the returns comen we will bring you the very, very latest. >> we'll be bringing them donuts and coffee. here is a look now at your election day weather, everybody. stormy in savannah, charleston, raleigh. this afternoon the storm moves up the coast, this evening, bringing rain and wind to the northeast. all eyes on the nor'easter. showers a possibility in chicago, st. louis and minneapolis. >> coldest air of the season pours into new england, boston barely breaking 40. omaha, kansas city, 50. los angeles, 86 down from the record high of yesterday. >>> firefighters are finally making head way with a wildfire that forced a shutdown of a major highway between southern california. santa ana wind spread the fire t
election headquarters. great to have you with us. all day long we've been watching grandmothers, first-time voters, rich people, poor people, blue collar workers, all the people who believe in america going to the polls, every state of our union today joining together at the ballot boxes, and we will be bringing you the results. we are here to tell you who won, why throughout this evening and what's next. it's your voice as we've been saying and your vote tonight. >> diane, it has been a long, bitter and expensive race. deadlocked most of the way and revealed an america divided in so many ways. tonight, all of you are going to tip the balance. >> and now we are ready to begin because we have three projections to make because the polls have closed in six states and we are ready to go. here it is. indiana, this state has switched, president obama won it four years ago, governor romney has won it this time. it is not a surprise, though. we were expecting governor romney to take indiana. kentucky, this is a very red state and governor romney has taken kentucky, as well, tonight. and vermon
areas are being taken care of and they totally overlooked us. but hundreds showed up for food from local churches and aid organizations. >> we had to throw food out of the refrigerator. >> it was another night of darkness and cold fro s.i. thousands still without power many homeless. -- for -- another night of dark clouds and cold for thousands of people still without power. antelope boys were torn from their mothers' arms when the storm hit s.i. - -and two boys were torn from their mother from dead. pindar's it, door-to-door rest used by emergency crews and the national guard continue while natural gas fires burned in mantiloking where homes were destroyed. new york city will try to return to normal this weekend. the mayor says the marathon will go on, but some people say that it should not because of the strained and already limited city resources. >> a lot of the damage is in staten island, where the race begins. >> under the workers with dominion virginia power and the american red cross are packing up and are prepared to head out of state. they will provide relief in some areas hit
and joins us from iowa. good evening, terry. 11 cities in three days. >> reporter: that's right, the final lap. and this is the final time barack obama will ever do this. this is his last political campaign and the last rally and so tonight this cold iowa air is thick with emotion and nostalgia and edged with a bit of anxiety about what will happen tomorrow. you talk to the obama people, they express kind of gritty, grim, even, confidence. they think they'll get it done. but they know this time so different from the last time. it's not about inspiration, it's about perspiration, all about hard work. madison, wisconsin this morning, bright and crisp and obama crowd filling the streets about 18,000 of them. sort of fired up. sort of ready to go. >> i don't know. it's pretty early to be fired up. >> reporter: bruce springsteen came and sang. ♪ no retreat >> reporter: and this time around for obama and his crowd the gritty courage, mournful determination in his song rings truer, perhaps. >> incredible crowd and it's good to be back. >> reporter: he has changed so much. he's in the fight of h
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well for us. we think we're closing with strong momentum. the president is having terrific events out there. i'm confident that the president will be re-elected. we have the support to win this election. we have to make sure that it materializes in votes. and that's the challenge over the next two days is to make sure we're getting all of the supporters to the polls. >>> so much of the past few days defined by hurricane sandy. the president receiving praise from sandy. some pretty harsh criticism from the former mayor of new york, rudy giuliani. >> i don't know what he was doing in the nevada. if i was president of the united states, i wouldn't be flitting around the west and midwest. i feel pretty offended seeing my president floating around, campaigning while people are suffering. >> your response? >> well, mayor giuliani is running around the country campaigning for mitt romney and popping off. the people in new york and new jersey, they're working with this president and this administration, fema, every day, and our focus needs to be. really, the country has been united. mayor giu
of using limited bus service available. things will ease a bit today. parts of the city's extensive subway cyst,000 tell are reopening today. and measures are being put in place to ease gridlock on the streets. >> some folks had extremely long commutes because of the gridlock, yeah. resourcefulne resourcefulness, new york style. these folks hit a bank and used its power to charge cell phones. customers across northeast are having trouble completing calls because of knocked out transmission sites. late yesterday, at & t, team mobile, announced plans to share their networks during the aftermath. nice move, companies! >> new yorkers. >> been together. can you hear me now? >> resill yenlt groups. one of the heartbreaking images from storm coverage came from queens where row upon rope of houses burned as sandy raged. >> now people are returning to sift through what is left of their lives. and our new york station, wabc was there. >> reporter: the floodwater isn't the only thing sinking in here. >> the people in this neighborhood are devastated. >> reporter: soap is the magnitude of the clean-up
section of a marina that used to be on this side of the harbor. >> reporter: with the worst of the storm past, the daunting cleanup process has begun. >> i wanted to own a boat. but not this way. now, it looks like i own three boats. >> reporter: despite the long road ahead, police have faith in the residents. >> just because i wear a uniform doesn't make me a hero. people out there with their will and the ability to pull together are the real heroes. >> there were crews here that were on the clock for hours and hours and hours. >> reporter: not able to see their own families. >> that's right. >> reporter: worried about saving new yorkers. >> that's right, yes. that's what the police are here for. >> reporter: ready to go above and beyond the call of duty to help get this city back on its feet. for "good morning america," john schriffen, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to john. >>> now, to the latest casualty of sandy. the new york city marathon has never been canceled. not by weather. not by 9/11. this year, the mayor's insistence that the show must go on, was met with massive outrage
for the zumba instructor alexis wright and her business partner. accused of using her dance studio as a brothel, building a client list of more than 150 men including prominent community members. that story gets me all tounge-tied. >> i know it does. i wonder why. a driver who fled the scene of a hit and rush crash in milwaukee over the weekend may be surprise to learn it was all caught on surveillance video. the car ran a stop sign. hit an. uv. went airborne. landed on its side. neighbors rushed to rescue a woman unconscious at the time and her child hanging from the car seat. no word yet on whether police have tracked down that driver. >>> tens of thousand of folks gathered to get a glimpse as mother nature briefly pulled the plug over northern australia. it was a total solar eclipse. >> crowds erupted in cheers as the moon passed between the sun and earth. plunging the reason into darkness. the peak of the eclipse lasted over 2:00 in australia. hotels have been booked solid more than three years. more than 50,000,0 people flood the area. >>> a good will store saying hello, dali, salvador dal
in boston. to bring us to the heart of the action this historic evening. >>> plus, the contentious race in the rearview mirror the nation speaks. whatter use matter most to voters tonight and what's next for the president and the country? >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news with terry moran in chicago, illinois, bill we if ren boston, massachusetts, and cynthia mcfadden in new york city this is a special edition of "nightline," election, "your voice, your vote." >>> good evening, i'm cynthia mcfadden. tonight another four years for president barack obama. as a night of hard-won battleground state wins propelled him to victory over mitt romney. all the votes have not yet ben counted. as of right now the president has 303 electoral votes. well over the 270 votes required to win. mitt romney has 206. as for the popular vote, a thinner margin. barack obama with just over 55 million. mitt romney with just about 1 million fewer votes. tonight thousand of obama supporters poured into the streets of washington december tdecember -- washington, d.c. to celebrate outside the white
coastline communities. >> cops are telling us we have to evacuate immediately. they're expecting another surge of water. and they want everybody out of the houses. >> we may take a step back in the next 24 hours. you need to be prepared for that. i'm prepared for that. i hate setbacks. i don't tolerate them usually very well. but this one, i can't control. >> reporter: and airlines are also taking another hit with more than 1,700 flights canceled for yesterday and today. and commuters who have been dealing with gas shortages and adjusted mass transit system, are now dealing with icy roads and closed highways. >> it's really, really bad, waiting in line for gas. now, i'm waiting in line to get home. >>> the heaviest snow fell in ocean county, new jersey, which got a foot. and central manhattan got four inches. >>> and for more on the storm, here's accuweather's jim dickey. >> our nor'easter winding down today. still seeing snowfall and rain, especially through the morning and especially into new england. but as far as the new york city is concerned, into pennsylvania, the mid-atlantic, im
of the hotel's ballrooms. >> they're not used to white duvet covers. >> reporter: these are hilton. >> they are camping in places. >> reporter: much of new york is still in a state of emergency, as we saw today. it looks like traffic but this line of cars is actually a gas line. so, how long have you been in line? >> since 7:30 in the morning. >> reporter: 7:30 in the morning? that's, like, you're running on ten hours. >> yep. >> reporter: this is one of the very few gas stations that was still pumping gas after sandy and it just happens to be along the route of the marathon. there is a line 30 blocks a mile long of people waiting to get gas and as you can see -- they just ran out. not far from here, people were stick clamors for essentials. >> back up so the next person can get them. >> reporter: at a nearby shelter, people are tired, frustrated and hungry for a hot meal. >> when was the last time you guys had a hot meal? >> three days. >> reporter: everything at the neighborhood supermarkets have been destroyed. from the food to the freezers that used to hold it. a million specta
in the world canceled at the last minute due to controversy. some runners, however, are making good use of this day. and abc's john schriffen has more on that. >> reporter: good morning, dan. instead of thousands of runners making their way to the starting line in staten island, later today, many will be coming right here to staten island ferry to gather donations. there's a lot going on here in downtown manhattan. right undermy feet, 5,000 gallons of water being pumped out of a subway station every minute to get it back up and running. we have signs of normalcy popping up, but there's still a lot of work to be done. flying high above the tristate, abc news got an exclusive close look at the coast guard cleanup efforts. the canal that separates new jersey from staten island where 350,000 gallons of fuel spilled over as a result of the superstorm. >> i think we're starting to win as far as the response. >> reporter: and this morning, a welcome sight, the crane that dangled so precariously, above new york city's highest residential building, is now safely tethered to the side of the build
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